Directed by John Huston • 1948 • United States
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Walter Huston
John Huston received Academy Awards for best director and screenplay for his masterpiece, a gripping, darkly ironic tale of cunning, greed, and gold fever that has come to assume the status of modern myth. In Tampico, Mexico, three down-and-out Americans—two hard-luck drifters (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) and a grizzled prospector (an Oscar-winning Walter Huston in his defining role)—pool the meager resources they have to search for gold ore rumored to be found somewhere in the Sierra Madre mountains. The three friends agree to split everything equally—until they discover a fortune and avarice, suspicion, and paranoia set in.